- The friendship between Montreal mayor Valérie Plante and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is on full display on social media.
- The mayors of the two largest Francophone cities on Earth share many of the same goals.
- Here's a look at their relationship and shared steps toward a more sustainable future.
Montreal mayor Valérie Plante and her Parisian counterpart, Anne Hidalgo, just shared a heartwarming moment on Twitter. Hidalgo congratulated Plante on her new appointment as a an ambassador for local diversity for the organisation Local Governments for Sustainability.
The two mayors share a long and adorable history of friendship, and often give each other props online. The cross-Atlantic relationship is truly #friendshipgoals.
It appears that the two have a true affinity for each other. The two women are the mayors of two of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
They both share a love for improving public transit, green cities and encouraging women to get more involved with politics.
This is not the first time that the two have interracted, whether online or in real life. In November of 2017, the two women spoke over the phone to discuss, amongst other things, transit and making mobility a priority.
What a pleasure to talk to Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, for whom mobility is also a priority! Did you know that the Grand Paris Express also uses a large tunneling machine?
Most recently, Hidalgo congratulated Plante on her appointment to Local Governments for Sustainability.
Congratulations Valérie Plante, Paris is mobilized at Montreal's side to preserve biodiversity, a major challenge for the cities of the future."
In December of 2017, the two mayors met in person and spoke about climate change and female leadership.
Hidalgo tweeted about the encounter:
Fascinating meeting with Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal, woman leadership at the service of our climate.
Thanks Anne Hidalgo! Magnificent Paris is a great source of inspiration for us!
The two even penned an essay together, which serves as the preface to a book about life in public spaces.
A trio of female mayors who are not giving up their place!
Of course, both mayors face their share of criticism. Plante faces criticism for putting bikes and transit before cars. Critics believe that she is increasing congestion in the city and making life difficult for drivers.
Hidalgo has been criticised for her innefective policies and her government's general inefficiency.
But at least Montrealers and Parisians can admire the adorable friendship between the two leaders.